House robes: A cautionary tale
I was the kind of person who never understood their appeal. If you are awake then you should be dressed was always my thinking. I was given my first house robe by my grandmother Mia or Oma as I called her. It sat in the closet for about two years. I succumbed to the lure of the warmth of the robe. I was always cold and the robe was like a blanket suit. Better fitted to keeping warm in when moving and I LOVE blankets.
That would have been great but there is a magic to it of slowly becoming one with you, encapsulating you like kudzoo. Let me just say if you find yourself depressed for the love of God DONT PUT ON THAT ROBE! Don't even touch it. It will suck you in like a black hole. It's gravity is strong. Mine was that warm soothing comfort which just allowed the depression to deepen. Comfortably numb. It got to a point where I almost didn't care that I was living in it. If I was awake, I was wearing it. It was my shadow, my best friend. All it wanted to do was snuggle me. What's so harmful about that?
One day I realized it was showing up in a lot of pictures. It sparked my awareness. I started seeing it every time I looked in the mirror. Holy shit I walked the dog in it, during the middle of the day! I decided to see if I could go without it as a source of warmth. Cold be damned! I subconsciously slipped once but now it lays anywhere but on me. I now put on a hoodie or sweater and while it isn't near as snugly it does enough to keep me warm and still aware enough not to slip in to blissfully not giving two shits about anything.
Stop giving them as gifts. They are tricksy. And for your own self worth Put down that house robe. Give it a viking funeral. Let Edward Scissorhands at it. Bury it next to the bodies. Turn it in to a kite. Make dish rags out of it. Print a life sized cut out of yourself and hang it on that and place it outside your best friends window. Do whichever your heart can dream up. Just don't wear it. Now I must away as I am late for a date with my robe. We are staying in (of course)
I jest. I jest. Seriously put it down